Back then . . . ’98 Chev Blazer in snow

Back then . . . ’98 Chev Blazer in snow

By Bud Wells (About this time 25 years ago, just before Thanksgiving 1997, I drove a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer four-door in a heavy snowstorm. Following are excerpts from the review:) When I picked up a ’98 Blazer on a Friday…

3.0-liter Raptor enhances full-sized Ford Bronco

3.0-liter Raptor enhances full-sized Ford Bronco

Ford casts a huge shadow with its new Bronco Raptor. It’s big and wide. How wide? A fraction short of 86 inches; that’s 10 inches wider than a standard Bronco. And it stands 6 ½ feet tall. It rides on…

Chevy runs great with 70th-year Corvette

Chevy runs great with 70th-year Corvette

In its 70th year, the Chevy Corvette defies the combination of aging, on the one hand, and the rush to electrics, at the other. The opportunity to drive the 2023 Corvette Stingray Coupe 2LT reminded me of the excellent job…

Destination for Mercedes EQB350: old friends

Destination for Mercedes EQB350: old friends

The 2022 Mercedes EQB350 all-electric SUV awaited me at 7:20 a.m. on an October Friday; I slipped into the pilot seat heading to Denver for breakfast with some old driver friends. The EQB is a compact, smaller and much lesser-equipped…

Cadillac Escalade V moves in among exotics

Cadillac Escalade V moves in among exotics

Leisure time on a beautiful October Sunday was aboard the swankiest American automotive product I’ve driven – the 2023 Cadillac Escalade V-series. Swanky and pricey; in fact, at $150,580 it is the highest-priced U.S.-based luxury model to come my way….

Redesign lifts Honda HR-V against power lag

Redesign lifts Honda HR-V against power lag

With 20 models competing full-throttle for attention in the subcompact SUV market, “it was essential that we upgrade now,” said an official of the Honda car company. It is a statement supporting the launch of the 2023 HR-V All-Wheel-Drive EX-L…

AC glitch slowed testing of Audi e-tron

AC glitch slowed testing of Audi e-tron

The all-electric automobiles, such rarity just a couple years ago, continue to roll in for review in much greater number. The most recent to me in August, the 2022 Audi e-tron GT quattro, is the 10th fully electric I’ve driven…

Ford F-150 Lightning good electric pickup

Ford F-150 Lightning good electric pickup

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning delivered more than I anticipated during the week it was in my possession. It is very comfortable, easy to drive. The electric power generated great initial acceleration, and did it very smoothly, more so than…

Grand Cherokee adds 4-cyl.,/electric-boost

Grand Cherokee adds 4-cyl.,/electric-boost

When the Wrangler, toughest Jeep of them all, was tested successfully last fall with the 4xe plug-in hybrid system, it became a must that the much-more-refined Grand Cherokee would soon get its turn. The occurrence, for me, came with arrival…

‘23 Acura Integra returns with 6-speed manual

‘23 Acura Integra returns with 6-speed manual

Clutches and manual transmissions have slipped away rapidly in recent years; surprising it was, then, that with the return of the Acura Integra to the U.S. for the first time since 2001, its buyers are offered a choice of a…